The Cape Town CBD’s skyline is about to get a little more crowded, as more than 30 tall building developments are planned. Some residents in the area are not happy with the new plans.

Towering over all other buildings will be the 192m-high Cullinan Square building in the Foreshore opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Once completed, the building will take over the title of the city’s tallest skyscraper, currently held by the 139metre, 30-storey Portside Tower.

According to Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt, the development is currently under assessment.

This new development is only one of many. According to the Central City Improvement District’s state of the city report for 2019, published in October, there are more than 30 developments currently in the works for the CBD. 

While this will bring more business into the CBD and positively impact on socioeconomic activity, residents in the area are concerned with the rapid modernisation that is affecting their way of life.

Speaking to the Daily Maverick, one resident said that their mountain views are now shrouded by concrete and skyscrapers. It has also affected traffic, and rates continue to increase which will force some who cannot afford it out of the area.

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